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Public Engagement with Research

Bringing Research to Life Roadshow

'Bringing Research to Life Roadshow' is our itinerant platform designed to help researchers develop effective ways of sharing their work with the public.

The Roadshow tours both regional and national events between May and September each year and visits a wide variety of events, from community celebrations to country and music festivals.

In past years, we worked with research groups from across the University of Southampton and reached 20,000 people on average. 

The Roadshow is currently focusing on smaller, local events with a strong community focus. 

Following a break in 2020-21 due to COVID-19, the Roadshow returned with much excitement in July 2022 to participate in the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.

In 2023 we brought the Roadshow to Unwrapped Festival in Eastleigh on Saturday 10th June, to the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in July (Tue 26th - Thu 28th) and to Southampton Pride on Saturday 26th August.  

2024 Roadshow Tour

This summer 2024, we are planning to bring the UoS Roadshow to the following events: 

The current overall aims of the Roadshow are:

  1. To connect with new groups/groups facing specific barriers.
  2. To provide a platform for researchers to interact with public groups
  3. To build partnerships with wider sector.
  4. To enable involvement and new voices/perspectives in research.
Get involved

How to get involved

For all University researchers who are looking to showcase their projects on future Roadshows

Roadshow Awards 2017 winners

Roadshow Awards

The Roadshow Awards are an opportunity to recognise those who have really gone above and beyond in delivering outstanding public engagement activities

Roadshow 2019 at New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Where we went in 2019

In 2019 the Roadshow focused on 4 main events, from Glastonbury Festival to the Southampton Pride.

Roadshow 2017 at BBC Countryfile

Past events

Find out where the Roadshow went through the years, from Cheltenham and Glastonbury to BBC Countryfile and many others

Roadshow at Glastonbury Festival 2017

Roadshow History

Find out when the Roadshow was born and how it looked back in the day.

Bringing Research to Life

Suggest an event

If you would like to suggest a new event for the Roadshow or would like to invite the Roadshow to visit your event - get in touch

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Core Display at Big Bang Fair 2013
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The Science tent in Tomorrow's World at Bestival 2013
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Rijke tube at Winchester Science Festival 2013
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Cheltenham Science Festival 2013
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Bioenergy at South Dawns Green Fair 2013
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Acoustic Bubbles 2012

For queries, please contact

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